Christina Plank

Christina Plank
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna | boku · Institute for Development Research

Senior Post Doctoral Researcher

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Degrowth is a counter-hegemonic movement that has the ambitious aim of transforming society towards social and ecological justice. But how do we get there? That is the question this book addresses. Adhering to the multiplicity of degrowth whilst also arguing that strategic prioritisation and coordination are key, Degrowth & Strategy advances the...
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Following the goal of a post-fossil economy, institutional actors promote techno-managerial solution strategies, for example the green economy and the bioeconomy. While these strategies focus on technological progress to decouple economic growth from carbon dioxide emissions, the associated additional demand for raw materials causes a new global la...
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Physical components of societies like infrastructures need biophysical resources for their construction, maintenance and use. These components, analyzed as societies' material stocks, predefine energy and raw materials and provide societal services, necessary for their functioning and for social welfare. The nexus between stocks, the resource flows...
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The planetary boundaries concept has profoundly changed the vocabulary and representation of global environmental issues. We bring a critical social science perspective to this framework through the notion of societal boundaries and aim to provide a more nuanced understanding of the social nature of thresholds. We start by highlighting the strength...
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Climate policy integration (CPI) is regarded in the literature as key to combatting climate change. It has been critically discussed to what extent climate policy is integrated in different policy fields at the European and the national level. In this paper, we analyze the expectations toward CPI from the perspective of stakeholders focusing on two...
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In the face of looming population growth of nearly 10 billion people by 2050, the earth’s temperature rising creating uncontrollable climatic conditions of extreme variability and intensities new approaches are needed to support an equitable and just food system. Over the years multinational corporations that have commandeered the food system have...
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Current globalized agricultural and food systems operate with an unsustainable capitalist model of production and consumption. The middle and upper classes of the global North and, increasingly, of emerging economies live at the expense of the global South. This has been referred to as the “imperial mode of living”. An alternative model of producti...
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Despite considerable advancements over the last couple of years, research on the Anthropocene still faces at least two challenges: (1) integrating different approaches from natural, social and cultural sciences, and (2) clarifying the political relevance of this concept. To address these challenges, we propose an interdisciplinary approach from Soc...
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This article analyzes the roles, relations, and positions of scholar-activists in the European food sovereignty movement. In doing so, we document, make visible and question the political dimensions of researchers' participation in the movement. We argue that scholar-activists are part of the movement, but are distinct from the affected constituenc...
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Dieser Beitrag beleuchtet die Rolle von wertebasierten Produktions- und Konsumweisen im dritten Nahrungsmittelregime. Anhand der drei analytischen Dimensionen Institutionen, Materialität und Werte werden Beispiele Initiativen Solidarischer Landwirt-schaft in Österreich mittels qualitativer Sozialforschung explorativ untersucht. Ergebnisse zeigen au...
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The development of an economically viable biofuel industry rests on strong state subsidies for production and processing, creation of markets through government procurement, fuel-blending mandates, price controls, as well as foreign trade tariffs and quotas, and multiple interventions in agricultural, ecological, and other regulations. We use an ap...
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Exponential growth in oil palm land and palm oil production in Indonesia currently makes the country the world’s largest producer of this vegetable oil. Throughout its tumultuous political past from the 1960s until today, conditions were created which enabled the expansion of oil palm plantations. Under President Suharto’s “New Order,” territoriali...
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As demand for natural resources increases due to the rise in world population and living standards, conflicts over their access and control are becoming more prevalent. This book critically assesses different approaches to and conceptualizations of resource fairness and justice and applies them to the analysis of resource conflicts. Approaches addr...
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Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2015. People’s Nutrition is Not a Business, Issue 07, 77-78
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Palm oil is used in human nutrition and industrial products including cosmetics and biodiesel. Exponential growth in oil palm land and palm oil production in Indonesia currently make the country the world’s largest producer of this vegetable oil. The expansion of oil palm plantations is linked to processes of territorialization and reterritorializa...
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Patterns of Global Biomass Trade – Implications for food sovereignty and socio environmental conflicts. EJOLT Report No. 20, 56-63
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Ukraine was once considered the breadbasket of the Soviet Union, its agriculture subject to both extensification and intensification measures. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, both these processes were reversed, giving modern-day Ukraine the image of untapped agricultural potential. Alongside the country's proximity to the European Un...
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The financialisation of land is an important but still under-researched component of the land-grabbing process. This is particularly valid for the post-soviet region. In this paper we sketch the increasing financialisation of farmland in Ukraine. We show how the ruling class, the Ukrainian oligarchs, use the (international) state-economy relations...
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The fast-changing events in Ukraine evoke once more the question of how to understand the Ukrainian state. Instead of following concepts that depict Ukraine as “weak”, “captured”, or “incomplete”, I propose to analyse the Ukrainian state as “a social relation”. Applying this Poulantzian understanding enables us to link the state in a narrow sense w...
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Der Beitrag verfolgt zwei wesentliche Ziele. Zum einen soll er einen einführenden Überblick über das Phänomen Land Grabbing geben. Zum anderen wollen wir ausgewählte Aspekte der kritischen sozialwissenschaftlichen Debatte vorstellen. Dabei beziehen wir uns auf Arbeiten des internationalen Forschungsnetzwerks „Land Deal Politics Initiative“ (LDPI) s...

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We analyse values-based modes of production and consumption (VBMPC) in food and agri-culture to reveal their potential as small and mid-scale initiatives to change the current corpo-rate food regime. We address the restructuring of agricultural value chains in their political-economic, social-ecological and spatial-scalar dimension. Our aim is to examine how new relations between producers, processors, traders and consumers emerge and how VBMPC in different countries under different institutional frameworks can be up-scaled.